Local runner gathers support for wounded local soldier

Support keeps pouring in for Harrison soldier Sgt. J.D. Williams, the local soldier who was severely injured last month in Afghanistan.

And one local woman is taking up Williams’ cause one step, one mile at a time.

Robin Blazer from Ennis is raising money for Williams by asking people to sponsor each mile of her first marathon.

Williams was serving in Afghanistan as a sniper with the 1-502nd Infantry Regiment out of Fort Benning, Ga. when he was hit by a land mine. In the attack, he lost both legs just above the knees and his right arm from the elbow down. He also fractured his pelvic bone.

After emergency surgery in Germany, Williams was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, said his grandmother Alice Green.

Both Williams’ parents are with him and more family is planning to join him soon, she said.

Through the operations and procedures, Williams has been able to keep his spirits up, Green said.

“He’s got a great attitude,” she said.

Blazer first heard about Williams from reading an article in The Madisonian and from people around town. Her heart went out to him and his family. Blazer’s own husband Willie served in Afghanistan as a combat medic in the Army 19th Special Forces Group.

“He (Williams) could be any member of my family who has served in the military,” Blazer said.

As she trained for the Seattle Marathon, which will be held Nov. 28, Blazer kept thinking she should be doing it for something more than just a race. When she found out about Williams, she had the idea for people sponsoring her race.

“It’s just kept nagging me in the back of my head that there something more I should be doing,” Blazer said.

The idea is that if everyone donates one dollar per mile, each person would give $26.20 toward Williams and his family, she said.

“It’s something that almost anyone can do,” Blazer said.

The money she is raising is being held at First Madison Valley Bank in Ennis in Williams’ name. So far she’s raised about $2,000 for Williams’ fund. Many of the pledges have simply been $100 donations.

She said she’s not a good runner, but she’s determined and running to help Williams gives her motivation.

People wanting to sponsor Blazer just need to make a check out to J.D. Williams and drop it by or mail it to First Madison Valley Bank, she said. The address is: First Madison Valley Bank, P.O. Box 307,
Ennis, MT 59729.

Nicole Visser, owner of the Wheat and Thistle store in Harrison, has also been helping organize fundraising for Williams and his family.

The support from the community has been moving, Visser said. People who would like to inquire to the Williams’ family needs, can call the store at 685-3418.

People who would like to send Williams well wishes, can mail them to: J.D. Williams, in care of Danielle Scholler, Powless Guest House B3625, 3298 George C. Beach, Houston, TX 78324.

This article was updated Wednesday at 1 p.m..

No Comments.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>